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The Eternal Resonance

Sweden Country of Origin: Sweden

The Eternal Resonance
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Type: Full-Length
Release Date: March 20th, 2020
Genre: Death, Progressive
2. By Virtue Of A Promise
3. Reduced To An Ember
4. The Sole Importance
5. Mycelia
6. Solemn Retreat
7. Visceral Blight
8. Sanctum Sanctorum

Review by Adam M on April 1, 2020.

Sweven bring forth the legacy presented by Morbus Chron in an interesting and unique fashion.  The new album The Eternal Resonance by Sweven is derived from Morbus Chron and their main member Robert Andersson and pushes already established ideas in inventive new directions.  The songs here are very progressive and push boundaries with their innovative ideas. 

The performances are nimble and compare nicely to bands like Cynic who also push death metal into brave new directions.  There is a sort of mechanical flair to the songs and this also ties in nicely with the Cynic style.  The album gets off to a nice opening with an instrumental track before proceeding in many wonderful directions.  The album flows nicely and seems to be more open ended than Morbus Chron’s slightly more death metal focused music.  There are endless possibilities to be found in the music of Sweven.  It shows itself to be dynamic and technical, but also restrained enough to digested by most death metal listeners.  I had a lot of fun listening to the entire album and not many moments stuck out, but instead they blended together to form a cohesive whole.  This is certainly a front-runner for death metal album of the year and it is a first class progressive death metal album at that.  It will be interesting to see what directions the band explores in the future, but they have gotten off to a flying start here.  The finesse of the band is shown as they glide across the tracks in breathtaking fashion.  The sound is very modern and will appeal to newer fans of progressive death metal nicely. 

This is the type of album that hits you strongly when you first hear it, but continues to make an impression later on.  The Eternal Resonance comes highly recommended to all fans of the progressive death metal genre. 

Rating: 8 out of 10